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Grades 3-5 Curriculum

Third through fifth grade is a time of growing independence, skill acquisition, and abstract thinking. At PJA, we support the natural curiosity of students in these grades through an integrated curriculum that incorporate STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) and social studies skills and concepts. Through authentic explorations and making use of the resources of the Learning Commons and Makerspace, and through their work in art and music classes, students develop the self-confidence and research, problem-solving, and engineering skills for academic success in the years to follow.

Our third through fifth grade curriculum nurtures a love of reading and helps students develop comprehension strategies that support their learning across subject areas. In mathematics, students deal with increasingly larger numbers, become more fluent in the basic operations, and develop more efficient strategies for problem-solving and mathematical reasoning. As their Hebrew listening and speaking vocabulary grow, so does their ability to read and write in Hebrew. Each year, students develop a deeper understanding of the major Jewish holy days and learn more of the prayers associated with those holy days and of the morning, afternoon and Shabbat services. They share their learning with a wider audience in plays, STEAM day lessons and other presentations, and serve as buddies to students in younger grades.

 

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Creative Kippot

PJA students wear kippot (head coverings) during Jewish Studies, tefillah (prayer), and Shabbat and holiday celebrations. Most students wear a standard kippah provided by the school, but this year, the 5th grade class really stands out!

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